Black Bear Hunting in Colorado GMU 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions.

GMU 711 - Dolores, Montezuma, and San Miguel Counties

Scores


Scores
User Scores
Ease of Drawing
98
 
98
Success
72
 
72
Trophy Potential
87
 
87
Public Access
60
 
60
Ease of Terrain
86
 
86
Room to Breathe
100
 
100
Opportunity
48
 
48
Convenience
2
 
2
Ease of Effort
0
N/A
81
HuntScore

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Bounded on N by Summit Canyon Creek, Dolores River and Disappointment Creek; on E by US Forest Service Road 526 (Dolores-Norwood Road); on E and S by County Highway 145; on S by County Highway 184; on W by US Highway491 and Utah.

There is good vehicle access in these areas. Consequently, hunting pressure is heavy on public lands.

County

Dolores, Montezuma, San Miguel

Size

819 Square Miles (524,121 Acres)

Land Ownership

38% Private, 62% Public, 36% USFS, 23% BLM, 1% State, 2% NPS

Latitude/Longitude

37.7626, -108.6895

Amenities

There are 0 hospitals, 0 hotels, 2 campgrounds, and 0 grocery stores within a 20 mile radius.

Black Bear Notes


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HuntScore Tip

Public land and private land percentages can sometime be misleading. A unit may have 80% public land, but a particluar species may only occupy 20% on the entire area. And that 20% species distribution may lie 100% within private lands. Does that sound confusing? Just remember that there are always exceptions to the rule, and land ownership is just one piece of the puzzle.

State Agency Website

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Other Species in Unit

Deer, Pronghorn, Elk, Black Bear, Mountain Lion, Turkey,

Photos and Terrain Notes


With altitudes from about 5,000 feet to more than 12,000 feet, the vegetation ranges from desert shrubs and piñon/juniper to alpine tundra. Weather can change quickly so be prepared for all conditions. Most of unit 72 and the western sections of 70 and 711 is desert terrain and not productive for elk.

Black-bear Over The Counter Hunts (2022)


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Black-bear Drawing Stats (2022)


Total Quota
935
Licenses Drawn
919
Licenses Surplus
16
Resident Quota
685
Nonresident Quota
234
Landowner Quota
0
Youth Quota
0
98.4%
Overall Unit
1st Choice Draw Odds
Choose a hunt below to take a deeper dive into quotas, drawing odds, drawing trends, and harvest data.
Stats Apply For Sex Manner Season Type Draw Odds HuntScore Notes
BE071O1R
E
R
O1
LL
100%
80 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
BE071O1M
E
M
O1
LL
100%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
BE071O1A
E
A
O1
LL
89.6%
74 "Permit Type B; License Valid for Units: 71
HuntScore Tip: Nonresident allocations are determined by the average number of preference points a Colorado resident needs to draw a specific license during a 3-year period. For hunt codes that require six or more points for a Colorado resident to draw an elk or deer license, up to 20 percent of licenses may go to nonresidents. For elk and deer hunt codes that require fewer than six points for a Colorado resident to draw, up to 35 percent may go to nonresidents.

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Black-bear Harvest Stats (2021)


Total Hunters
0
Total Harvest
29
Harvest Male
19
Harvest Female
10
4%
Average Success
Manner Season Type Sex Hunters Harvest Male Female Youth
A
A
NA
E
0 7
5
2
0
ALL
ALL
NA
E
0 29
19
10
0
AS
AS
NA
E
0 24
15
9
0
CR
CR
NA
E
0 5
4
1
0
P0
P0
NA
E
0 1
1
0
0
R
R
NA
E
0 16
9
7
0
HuntScore Tip: The key to hunting Colorado black bears in September is understanding that the physiology and behavior of bears dramatically change in mid-August.

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Weather Insights


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Average Temps

Use temperature ranges to plan and prepare for your hunt. Large swings indicate a good layering system should be used. Be sure to make note of the extreme temperatures as these often pose the greatest risk to hunters. If you plan on hunting in higher elevation, as a rule of thumb, expect the tempture to decrease roughly 5° for every 1000' in elevation gain.

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